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 Richard Erdoes  (1912 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/South Dakota      Known for: Indian culture illustration, photography, writing

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Richard ERDOES (1912-2008)

Richard Erdoes influenced the lives of generations of Lakota people and other tribes by describing Native Amerian life and their spiritual culture and essentially preserving it for future generations.

The prominent illustrator, photographer and author of more than 30 books about the American west died at his home at the age of 96. More importantly, Erdoes was known for a long list of books about Native Americans including, Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions, American Indian Trickster Tales, Lakota Woman and more.

Lame Deer was a book about Sicangu Lakota John Fire and who died in the late 1970s and whose wake services were held in Winner. Lakota Woman was written about the life of Mary Brave Bird and the influences she experienced from Crow Dog.

Erdoes was born in 1912, and when he moved to the U. S. he was a contributor to Life magazine as an illustrator and was said to be outraged at the conditions on the reservation.

He created many illustrations for Life in the 1950s and several children's books in the 1960s.

Some of his other books include, The Sun Dance People, Crying for a Dream, Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men, Native Americans, The Sioux, The Sounds of Flutes and Other Indian Legends, Ohitika Woman published in 2008 and other early books on the Pueblo and the Navajo.

Erich Erdoes said that his father first came to Pine Ridge in 1967 for a sun dance and was in fact always interested in other cultures. He said, "He always had an interest in other cultures. As a young man, before having to flee the Nazis in Europe, he traveled on foot to Yugoslavia.
He was interested in how other people lived. He loved to travel on western trips and visited Pueblos and Indian reservations."

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